Surf City — The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City presents an embroidery workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. The program is suitable for teens and adults. Jennifer Santa Maria will conduct a step-by-step demonstration on how to get started and show the split stitch, French knot and blanket stitch. All materials will be provided.
She will also talk about the history of embroidery in New Jersey. In the 1870s, the embroidery industry began making inroads in Hudson County. While the first shops did everything by hand, it wasn’t long before machines moved in.
Because of the county’s proximity to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the factories had a workforce made up of largely German, Irish and Italian immigrants. One of the county’s communities, Union City, has a banner that stretches across a highway overpass proclaiming it as “The Home Of The American Embroidery Industry.”
To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480.